Alabama No. 1 in preseason poll

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(AL.com) — There was talk of a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in Atlanta in Week 1. For the first major poll, at least, that's not the case.

Alabama checked in at No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll released Thursday morning while Florida State is No. 3. Ohio State is No. 2 followed by the Seminoles, USC and defending champ Clemson at No. 5.

Alabama opens practice Thursday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. The Tide has four ranked opponents in the poll in LSU (12), Auburn (13) and Tennessee (24).

Coaches poll

1. Alabama (49) 1,603
2. Ohio State (5) 1,512
3. Florida State (4) 1,434
4. USC 1,415
5. Clemson (7) 1,367
6. Penn State 1,257
7. Washington 1,245
8. Oklahoma 1,237
9. Michigan 959
10. Wisconsin 936

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